Helios Towers announced that it has set a target to reduce its carbon intensity per tenant by 46 percent by 2030. The target covers Scope 1 and 2 emissions against a 2020 baseline and covers the five markets where the company was operational in 2020. This 2030 target translates into maintaining absolute emissions at 2020 levels despite significant growth anticipated to support mobile operators’ improved telecommunications coverage over the coming years. As Helios Towers expands into new markets and collects operational data for a full year, the company will review the baseline for the target.
The company’s target for 2030 combines both actionable investments and innovation against the backdrop of complex challenges to significantly enhance mobile infrastructure in markets in Sub-Saharan Africa where unique mobile subscriber penetration is still below 50 percent and also where access to electricity is limited, unreliable and in some areas non-existent. The company is pledging to invest a total of USD 100 million between 2022 and 2030 to reduce its reliance on generators and use more efficient, greener power solutions. Helios Towers’ long-term ambition is to become a net-zero carbon emissions business by 2040.